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and horns; the mower is whetting his , VIII., and of some rather more anrient sythe to begin his work; the milk-maid, many of which yet remained in their whose business is of course at daybreak, original state, unchanged and underayeit. comes abrom singing; the shepherd Where only a little is seen, more is left opens his fold, and takes the tale of his to the imagination. These sympteins of sheep, to see if any were lost in the an old palace, especially when thus dis. night. Now for shepherds to tell tales, poed, have a greater effi ct than a disor to sing, is a circumstance trite, com- covery of larger parts, and even a full mon, and general, and belonging only to display of the whole exife. The emileal :hepherds; nor do I know that such bosomed battlements, and the sprading shepherds toll tales or ring more in the top of the tall grove, on which they remorning than at any other part of the flect a recipro al charm, still further day. A hepherd taking the tale of his interest the funcy, from the novelty of heep which are just unfolded, is a new combination; while just enough of the image, correspondent and appropriate, towering structure i shown to make an bautfully descriptive of a period of time, accompaniment to the tuf cd expanse is founderi in fact, and is more pleasing of venerable verdure, and to compose a as more natural.-Wartox, pide for pried. picturesque association. With respect to
77. Towers and battlements. This was their rural residence, there was a correg the great manrion-house in Milton's early in our Gothic aprestors : maern scati days. tefore the old fashioned archite are seldom so deeply ambush 1.-they ture hau given way to modern arts and disclose all their v'ories at once, ani improvements. Turrets and battlements never excite expectation by Cicealment, were conspicuous marks of the numerous | by gradual approaches, and hy inter new buildings of the reign of King liemy i rupted appearanres.-T. WARTOX.
With stories told of many a feat,
102. Furry Mb, See Shakspeare, Rom, of corn in the barn, which could not and Juliet, Act I., sc. iv. This bewitch have been threshoui in so short a time by ing fancy ket hof Queen Mah is quoted ten labourers. lle then returns into the in "Compenuium of English Literature," house, falizueil with his task; and, over
charred with his reward of the cream103. Ile was pinch'd. IIe and she are bowl, throws himself before the fire, and, persons of the company assembled to stretched along the whole breath of the spend the evening after a country wake fire-place, basks till the morning.-T. at a rural junhet.-T. WARTON.
WARTON. 104. Friar's lantern is the Jack-o'-lan- 117. Twer'd cities, &c. Then, that is, tern, which led people in the night into at night. The poet returns from his di marshes and waters. Milton gives the gression, perhaps disproportionately prophilosophy of this superstition, “ Paru- lix, concerning the feats of fairies and itise Lost." (ix. €37-642.) In the midst i goblins, which protract the conversation of a solemn and learned enarration, his over the spicy bowl of a village-super, strong imagination could not resist a ro- to enumerate other pleasures or amuse mantic tradition consecrated by popular ments of the night or evening. Then is, credulity.-T. WARTON,
in this line, a repetition of the first 105. Druiging goblin. This goblin is ' " Then,” line 100. Afterwaris, we have Robin Goufellow. His cream-bowl was another " Then," with the same sense earnell, and he paid the punctuality of and reference, line 131. Here, too, is a those by whom it was duly place for his transition from mirth in the country to refection, by the service of threshing mirth in the city.--T. WARTOX. with bis invisible fairy fail, in one night, 120. Triumps: Shows, masks, revels. and before the duwn of day, a quantity
Or sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,
And ever, against eating cares,
These delights, if thou canst give,
142. The melling roice, &c. Milton's | which imprison and entangle the hidden meaning is not, that the senses are en- soul, the essence or perfection of har chained or amazed by murie; but that, mony. In common sense, let music be as the voice of the singer runs through made to show all, even her most hidden he manifold mazes or intricacies of powers.-T. WARTON. sound, all the chains are untwisted
(THE THOUGHTFUL, OR PENSIVE MAN.)
HENCE, vain deluding Joys,
The brood of Folly without father bred !
How little you bested,
And fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess,
10. Fickle: Transitory, perpetually | Andromeda, of whom he was enamoured, shifting. Pensiomers: train, attendants. and tran-ported Cassiope into heaven,
18. Memnon's sister: that is, an Ethi. where she became a constellation. Hence opian princess, or sable beauty. Mem- she is called " that starr d Ethicp queen." non, King of Ethiopia, and an auxiliary -T. WARTON, of the Trojans, was slxin by Achilles. 25. His daughter she. The meaning of
19. Thut starr'd Ethiop queen. Cas. Milton's allegory is, that Melancholy is siope, as we learn from Apollodorus, was the daughter of Genius, which is typified the wife of Cepheus, King of Ethiopia. by the “ bright-hair'd” goldess of the She bosted herself to be more beautiful eternal fire. Saturn, the father, is the than the Nereids, and challenged them god of saturnine dispositions, of pensive 'o a trial, who, in revenge, persuaded and gloomy minds.--T, WARTOX,
eptune to send a prodigious whale into 30. Before Saturn was driven from his Ethiopia. To appease them, she was die ancient kingdom by his son Jupiter, rected wexpose her daughter An tromeda nursed on mount Ida. to the monster; but Perseus delivered
Come, pensive Nun, devout and pure,
35. Cyprus laron, a veil of a thin, trans- that conveyed the fiery-wheeled car in parent texture.
Ezekiel, x. 2. See also Milton himself, 36. Decent: Not exposed, covered. " Paradise Lost,” (vi. 750 :) so that vo54. Cherub Contemplation. By contem- thing can be greater or juster than this plution, is bere meant that stretch of idea of "divine Contemplation."-BICRD. thought, by which the mind ascends to 55. Mute Silince. I always aulmired the first pool. first perfect, and first fair; this and the seventeen following lines and is therefore very properly said to with excessive delight. There is a pell "soar on goiden wing. gujuing the fiery. in it, which goes far beyond mere descripwheeled throne;" that is, to take a high tion: it is the very perfection of ideal and and glorious flight, carrying bright ideas picturesque and contemplative poetry.of Deity along with it. But the whole BRYDES. imagery alludes to the cherubic forms